Why do successful men tend to chase bimbos? Is it to show signs that they have arrived and are equally capable of attracting young women whose appearance falsely gives them an added pizzazz in a society built largely on manifestation? But be that as it may; man is susceptible to temptation and is a breed hard to define and categorise.

According to scientists if a man wants to live a long life he should marry an intelligent woman. Dementia experts said in a recent study that having an intelligent partner can act as a ‘buffer’ to the disease. By studying the health of identical twins, they concluded that a person’s environment can seriously affect their chance of developing dementia. People who had physical signs of the disease showing up on their brain scans, but developed no symptoms, were generally highly intelligent and ‘in high powered jobs’ with a lot of money in the bank, the scientists claimed.

During a talk called Dementia: How can We Protect Ourselves, Professor Lawrence Whalley, Emeritus Professor of Mental Health in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences at the University of Aberdeen, said: ‘The thing a boy is never told he needs to do if he wants to live a longer life – but what he should do is marry an intelligent woman. There is no better buffer than intelligence.’

A series of studies have found that intellectual stimulation that keeps the brain active can help to stave off the symptoms of dementia. Previous research has focused on the benefits of activities like doing crosswords, reading and visiting museums – but Professor Whalley’s comments suggest that having a partner who provides interesting and challenging conversation could also help delay the onset of Alzheimer’s.

However, the death of a family member when a child can increase the chance of developing the disease eighty years on, the audience of the Oxford Literary Festival heard. Professor Whalley explained: ‘Studies have shown that the death of a mother before the age of 5 is a very important risk factor for dementia in later life. But positive parenting as a child, a longer time in education and a good childhood environment, all have a huge buffering effect against Dementia, 70 or 80 years later. ‘Environmental factors in your childhood, such as your father’s job status have an effect as does your mother’s diet during pregnancy. Your childhood IQ’s, your job income, your education and attainment, all have an effect in later life.’ He added: ‘If you look at the kind of people who should have Dementia but don’t show symptoms, they are highly intelligent people in big-powered jobs. They also have a lot of money in the bank.’ He went on to point that it becomes difficult to change your ’trajectory’ past the age of 40 but that learning new skills such as a language can give you a 5-year buffer against Dementia. Changing your job between the age of 25 and 35 is also an effective way to change your ‘trajectory’, he claimed.

Fellow speaker, Professor Margaret Raymond ,of the University of Surrey, highlighted the importance of diet and recommended over-50s took vitamin B12 supplements. She said people can only have 10 grams of chocolate and 100ml of red or white wine each day before it can have an effect on cognitive functions. Meanwhile, one serving of blueberries or two servings of strawberries a week will have a positive effect on fighting cognitive decline, while eating vegetables that have been frozen while fresh can be better for your brain than those that have been languishing in the fridge.

There are around 800,000people in the UK with Dementia. The number of people has been increasing because we are living longer. It is estimated by 2021, the number of people with Dementia in the UK will have increased to around one million.

And there you have it. Be prudent. Eat healthily. Choose an intelligent partner. Forget about the bimbos, live longer and ensure you have plenty of sex. (That’s my advice, not the experts) and keep the brain active. Dementia is a terrible price to pay and you must take every precaution to avoid it. You have been warned…

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